A Finnish middle- and long-distance runner whose dedicated, disciplined approach to competitive running—introducing new levels of endurance training—was a modernizing influence on the sport. In the three Olympic Games of the 1920s, Nurmi won nine gold and three silver Olympic medals. His profile helped Finland, a relatively new independent nation, enhance its profile in the international world, and was instrumental in gaining the 1952 Olympic Games for Finland's capital, Helsinki. Nurmi is commemorated not just in his home country, but in bronze splendour at the front of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.